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Watch Miami Marlins second baseman Isan Diaz homer off Jacob deGrom in his MLB debut

Miami Marlins second baseman Isan Diaz head to the field for pregame warmups before his MLB debut against the New York Mets on Monday, Aug. 5, 2015, at Citi Field in New York
Miami Marlins second baseman Isan Diaz head to the field for pregame warmups before his MLB debut against the New York Mets on Monday, Aug. 5, 2015, at Citi Field in New York jmcpherson@miamiherald.com

Miami Marlins second baseman Isan Diaz didn’t wait too long to show off his power at the major-league level.

Diaz hit a towering home run off New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom in the sixth inning of his MLB debut on Monday for his first major-league hit.

The numbers behind the home run, according to Statcast: 103.4 mph exit velocity off the bat, a 25-degree launch angle and an estimated distance of 422 feet to right-center field.

And while it wasn’t enough to lift the Marlins to a win — Miami dropped the first game of their doubleheader with the Mets 6-2 — it was a fitting way for Diaz to introduce himself to Major League Baseball.

Diaz, Miami’s No. 5 prospect who was promoted to the big leagues ahead of the Marlins’ doubleheader with the Mets, hit 26 home runs for the New Orleans Baby Cakes this season.

He is the seventh player to hit a home run in his MLB debut with the Marlins, joining Mitch Lyden, Charles Johnson, Mike Redmond, Alex Gonzalez, Miguel Cabrera and Jeremy Hermida.

Diaz is also the 12th Marlins player all time whose first MLB hit was a home run and the first since Austin Dean last season, according to Elias Sports.

Diaz’s family was being interviewed live by Fox Sports Florida’s Craig Minervini when he sent the ball sailing over the right-field wall.

Understandably, they went nuts.

The home run was a highlight to a game in which starting pitcher Robert Dugger, also making his MLB debut, had a rocky showing. Dugger gave up a solo home run to Jeff McNeil on his first pitch in the big leagues, gave up a second home run in the third to Amed Rosario and battled through rough patches in the fourth and fifth innings.

Dugger’s final line: six earned runs allowed on five hits, four walks and a hit batter. He struck out three while throwing 85 total pitches (49 strikes).

Dugger, the Marlins’ No. 24 overall prospect in their system, served as the team’s 26th player for the doubleheader and will return to Triple A New Orleans after the game.

The Marlins’ only other run in the game came in the second when Starlin Castro’s RBI double scored Brian Anderson, who led off the inning with a double of his own.

Diaz went 1 for 4 with a strikeout in his debut. Lewis Brinson, making his return to the Marlins after being optioned on April 30, went 0 for 3 with a strikeout.

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Jordan McPherson covers the Miami Marlins and high school sports for the Miami Herald. He attended the University of Florida and covered the Gators athletic program for five years before joining the Herald staff in December 2017.
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